Alec Empire

Live CBGB's NYC 1998

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It's not worth the wait. On this set recorded live by Alec Empire with Japanese noise artist Merzbow in 1998, the shredding metallic grind of the previous 15 minutes gives way to a Bronx park electro beat in the middle of "Brooklyn Connection." Why hold your ears all that time just to hear Sugarhill Gang's backing track run through one of Empire's noise boxes? Meanwhile, "The Alliance" barely rages harder than some mid-'90s techno-breaks anthems, which of course Empire used to make back when he was good. At least it's not Atari Teenage Riot, Empire's real claim to fame, pilfered by using three of the most trite words in the vernacular and two "sexy please hate me" women as window dressing. And before you merely dismiss these observations as coming from a hater of quality noisecore, be advised that some of the hardest of Midwest hardcore -- Doormouse or Stunt Rock, for example -- certainly deserves recommendation as an alternative to Live CBGB's NYC 1998. Empire keeps clenching his fist and talking about smashing punk rock. Sebadoh already did that. Empire's just mad he's not paid like Trent Reznor.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Merzbow
3:17
2
feat: Merzbow
2:23
3
feat: Merzbow
0:47
4
feat: Merzbow
2:08
5
feat: Merzbow
4:26
6
feat: Merzbow
2:28
7
feat: Merzbow
3:26
8
feat: Merzbow
1:49
9
feat: Merzbow
2:10
10
feat: Merzbow
1:47
11
feat: Merzbow
5:08
12
feat: Merzbow
2:13
13
feat: Merzbow
1:00
14
feat: Merzbow
1:18
15
feat: Merzbow
2:18
16
feat: Merzbow
5:31
17
feat: Merzbow
2:59
18
feat: Merzbow
8:25
19
feat: Merzbow
4:08
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